Audio and Video Settings

Audio

Teams will recognise the available video and audio devices and use the most appropriate option for your meeting. If people in a meeting cannot hear you, you might be on mute or you might not have configured your microphone correctly.

To change your speaker, microphone or camera settings during a call or in a meeting

  1. Select  More actions
  2. Select Show device settings

3. Select the Speaker, Microphone and Camera options you want.

The device you select will become the default setting. Any future changes will need to be made manually.

Video

Before joining a scheduled meeting, you can choose to turn your video and microphone on or off. You can also specify the default device to use.

Note: If four or more members have already joined the meeting, you will be automatically muted as you join.

If joining via the Teams desktop client, you will see these icons:

If joining Teams via a web browser, you will see these icons:

Once you have selected your audio and video settings, click Join now to join the meeting.

To leave the meeting, select Hang up.

Changing background settings (including blur)

Teams allows you to change your background (including adding a blurred effect) when on a video call, with a selection of in-built options. You are also able to customise your background with an image of your choice.

Note: These features are only available via the Teams desktop application. There is not currently an option to change your background settings from mobile devices or via a web browser.

The instructions below explain how to change your background settings during the process of joining a call:

  1. Toggle the Video icon and the Background

The Background settings screen will appear.

  1. Select your choice of background. The example shown above is the ‘blur’ setting.
  2. Select Join now.

The instructions below explain how to change your background settings once you have joined a call:

  1. Join your scheduled Teams meeting and select the three dots and select Show background effects.

  1. This will open the Background settings screen and you can scroll down the list of images. Select your choice of image and click Apply at the bottom of the screen.

Customising your background

Teams allows you to use a customised background image of your choice when on a video call.

Note: These features are only available via the Teams desktop application. There is not currently an option to customise your background settings from mobile devices or via a web browser.

The instructions below explain how to customise your background settings during the process of joining a call:

  1. Toggle both the Video icon and the Background icon.

2. The Background settings screen will appear to the right of your screen. Select Add new

3. The quick launch bar will appear. Select your custom image from your saved location and click open.

4. You will then need to scroll down towards the end of the list of images to find your customised uploaded image.

Additional Information

Custom background images appear flipped to the person using them (e.g: text is the wrong way around) but it will appear correct for the other participants of the call are not persistent which means that you will need to set one up each time you hold a video meeting in Teams.

Background images will appear mirrored for the user when applied but will appear the correct way for participants.

Uploading high quality images of a large file size may cause a slow response – please keep background images to an appropriate resolution and size.

Updated on 01/07/2020

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